Armenia is entering serious political stage, president says

Armenia is entering serious political stage, president says

YEREVAN, January 12. /ARKA/. Armenia is entering a serious political stage, president Serzh Sargsyan said on Friday during a meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly, the presidential press service reported.

Sargsyan was quoted as saying that the National Assembly will have to elect a president of the country until March 9. “I hope that all the parliament members will take these elections with all responsibility, and, of course, it is desirable that the president be elected through a parliamentary consent," Sargsyan said.

On April 9, Armenia is shifting to the parliamentary form of government in line with constitutional changes approved at a national referendum in 2015.  The current president’s second and final term expires in 2018 April. 

According to the changes, the president of Armenia, whose powers will be significantly curtailed, will be elected for a term of seven years (instead of the current five) by the parliament, not in a national vote. Presidents will be limited to one term of office. 

To be elected in the first round the candidate must be backed by three-fourths of votes. If this cannot be done, the candidate must be elected by three-fifths of votes.  According to the new constitution, the president of Armenia will be head of state, embodying national unity and ensuring the observance of the Constitution. The president cannot be a member of a political party.

Under the approved changes the president is to appoint a candidate for prime minister from the party or party bloc that wins parliamentary elections. If parliamentary forces are unable to agree on the candidacy of the head of government, parliament is to be dissolved. A vote of no-confidence in the prime minister can be passed no sooner than a year after their appointment. The armed forces are subordinated to the government, and the prime minister is the supreme commander of the armed forces in times of war.

"At this transitional stage to the future, we should not ignore the country’s daily and socioeconomic problems,’ Sargsyan was quoted as saying. He also urged the parliament to hold a hearing to look into what has prompted a rise in the prices of a string of staples.

"Armenia needs a parliament that will not only make laws in time, but also exercise effective parliamentary control. In this regard, I think the parliament is on the right track," Sargsyan added. -0--

17:49 12.01.2018





 

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